Earn over 157m as Project Management Specialist (Reading) USAID at United States US Embassy

Organisation: United States US Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Duty Station: USAID, Education, Youth and Child Development Office, Kampala, Uganda
Salary Grade: FSN-12 (Ugshs157, 986,824 to 232,040,958p.a. inclusive of allowances).
Vacancy Announcement Number: 2016-68

About US Embassy:
The United States Embassy in Kampala, Uganda has enjoyed diplomatic relations with Uganda for over 30 years.  Ambassador Deborah R. Malac currently heads the U.S Mission to Uganda.  The Mission is composed of several offices and organizations all working under the auspices of the Embassy and at the direction of the Ambassador.

Among the offices operating under the U.S Mission to Uganda are:
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Peace Corps

Job Summary: The Project Management Specialist (Reading) USAID shares responsibilities with other team members in achieving the overall goals of USAID/Uganda’s CDCS. Specifically, the incumbent spends a major portion of time on activities related to the quality delivery of basic education reading services at the national level, and as a technical specialist in early grade reading for the Mission. The jobholder works closely with the Education Development Officer, and is expected to be the lead in providing early grade reading input and guidance to EYCD, the Mission, and the Ministry of Education. The Project Management Specialist (Reading) will have a leadership role in program management of the Mission’s early grade reading and related awards, providing appropriate oversight, robust responses to CLA, and overall direction for the overall early grade reading efforts of the Uganda Mission. The incumbent works closely with other education, youth/workforce development, and OVC team members to strategically adapt USAID/Uganda’s reading efforts to the goals of the new Country Development Coordination Strategy.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
  • The applicants for the United Embassy USAID Project Management Specialist (Reading) career opportunity should hold  a master’s degree in literacy, early grade reading, or another clearly relevant education subject is required. Doctorate is preferred.
  • At least fifteen years of progressively responsible professional experience working in the education sector, five years of which must have been in early grade reading is required. If with a doctorate; 10 years’ experience is acceptable.
  • Significant involvement with primary education systems reform programs and major program implementation experience in multiple districts is preferred. Early primary classroom experience teaching reading is advantageous.
  • The position requires significant programmatic and technical knowledge and a thorough knowledge of reading acquisition and measurement best practices as well as major Ugandan reading education policy.
  • Strong background in current status of early grade reading pedagogy and achievement in Uganda is required. Grounding in the historical development of education in Uganda; personal knowledge of typical conditions in primary schools; familiarity with the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports (MoESTS) and its affiliated institutions (the Uganda National Examinations Board, National Curriculum Development Center, etc.); well-grounded in knowledge of Ugandan basic education systems (i.e.: curriculum design, teacher training, classroom effectiveness, educational management, literacy development and testing and evaluation, etc.);
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of factors that interact to impede learning, especially reading at the early primary level is required.
  • Substantive knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods for measuring early grade reading skills preferred.
  • A strong technical knowledge of general early grade reading assessment is required.
  • Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills; ability to form positive and productive working relationship at all levels; ability to use word-processing and spreadsheets programs.
  • Ability to obtain, analyze and evaluate complex data and to prepare precise and accurate factual and analytical reports.
  • Ability and willingness for limited travel within Uganda.
  • Language Requirement: Excellent command of written and spoken English, Level IV (fluent).

How to Apply:
All those interested in working with the US mission in Kampala should send their applications and strictly adhere to the following:
  • Download a completed and signed Universal Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff, Download it Here.
  • Application letter clearly specifying the position for which you are applying;
  • A Curriculum Vitae/Resume;
  • Copies of Academic Transcripts;
  • Names, contact numbers, and addresses of three (3) professional references.

Submit Application To:

Human Resources Office
By email at KampalaHR@state.gov

NB: Your application will be reviewed if you have fulfilled all the requirements including submission of standard file types such as Microsoft Word (.doc) and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) in a single attachment (No Zipped files, Links or Multiple Attachments) and should not exceed 10MB. Please clearly indicate the position number and title you are applying for on the DS-174 form.

Deadline: 8th August 2016

The US Mission in Kampala provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

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